April 20th marked the hundredth anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre, one of the darkest and most neglected episodes in Colorado history. This week's cover story explores the events that led up to this deadly conflict between striking coal miners and state troops, as well as the impact the tragedy had on Colorado politics and the American labor movement. Readings, concerts and other observances have been unfolding across the state, much of it under the auspices of the Ludlow Centennial Commemoration Commission -- and the doings aren't over yet.
Here are some of the key events spilling over into this week:
At 7 p.m. on Monday, April 21, state historian William J. Convery will lead a panel discussion on Ludlow at the History Colorado Center. Other panelists include Colorado National Guard historian Major Adam Morgan, Colorado State University Pueblo history professor Fawn Amber Montoya, and two experts interviewed for our article: United Mine Workers of America regional director Rob Butero and University of Colorado Boulder history professor Thomas Andrews, author of the award-winning study Killing For Coal.
At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, Colorado poet laureate David Mason will read from his verse novel Ludlow in the Fulginiti Pavilion on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Also on Tuesday, Juan Morales, poet and editor of the literary magazine Pilgrimage, will give a labor-themed reading at 7 p.m. at the Bessemer Historical Society's Steelworks Museum in Pueblo.
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Even if you're too mired in present-day labor struggles to hit all the Ludlow-related events, you can take a three-minute video tour of the Ludlow Memorial right now. Check out the video below, produced by Westword intern Bailey Geoghan and narrated by historian Thomas Andrews.
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